US funds build a well for rural community in Sri Lanka’s northwest

Apr 23, Puttalam: A new water well built with funds from the United States was given recently to a rural community in Seemaveliya, in Puttalam district of Sri Lanka’s Northwestern Province.

The well, built by a joint effort of the Puttalam Water Board, the Dimuthu Foundation, and the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, will provide potable water for over 300 families in Seemaveliya village and eliminate the need for the families to travel over 3 km for fresh water.

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Valerie Fowler ceremonially opened the new well on April 19 with the participation of the donor of the land for the well Father Jude Fernando, former Mayor for Puttalam Mohammed Nazmi, U.S. Army Captain Daniel Gomez and the local families.

The project is the second step in a three-phase plan to assist the authorities of Puttalam in providing water to all the people in the area.

In January this year, another U.S. funded project extended the water line along Semmandaluwa Road in the Puttalam Township, enabling 100 families in the area to obtain fresh water. U.S. Embassy’s Civil Military Support Element and the United States Pacific Command supported the construction of the water line.

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